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East Midlands League
Mansfield Town returned to the top of the Premier Division with a 2-1 victory away to Sandiacre Town. Peterborough Northern Star also stepped up their challenge by beating Arnold Town 3-0.
AFC Trinity preserved their lead of fifteen points in Division One South, thanks to a 2-1 win against Radcliffe Olympic Res. Lutterworth Athletic continue to lead the chasing pack and they are in second place on their own now, following their 4-0 victory over Raunds Town.
* On Wednesday night, Steel City Wanderers went level on points with Mansfield Town as they also beat Sandiacre Town 2-1, Sam Hallam and Claire Armitage. Ellistown ran out 6-1 winners away to Gedling Town in the other game.
Eastern Region League
One of the League Cup quarter finals managed to survive the weather on Sunday and it saw Bedford Ladies book their place in the last four with a 4-0 victory over Barking. Natasha Fensome hit a hat-trick for Bedford with Rebecca Vass adding the other goal.
Leverstock Green meanwhile went through to the semi finals of the League Plate but needed extra time before finally securing a 3-1 win away to Baldock Town. Nicola Hollick was on target twice for Leverstock along with Joanne Williams.
The only league action over the weekend took place in Division One South, where Leighton Utd kept their promotion hopes alive as a Nicola Henman double and Shanice Sanderson earned them a narrow 3-2 success at Hoddesdon Owls. West Billericay meanwhile claimed their first league victory of the season, Sarah Black scoring the only goal of the game as they defeated Royston Town 1-0.
London & South East League
The top three in the Premier Division were not in action on Sunday but this allowed London Corinthians an opportunity to make up ground on them, which they duly accepted with a 3-2 success away to Old Actonians. Eastbourne Town picked up a 4-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon which puts a little daylight between themselves and the bottom two. Panthers celebrated their first league victory of the campaign when they beat Hemel Hempstead.
North East League
One match took place in the Premier Division on Sunday, Hull City lifting themselves into second place as a brace of goals from Rebecca Beech gave them a 2-1 win away to York City.
In the Northern Division, Lowick Utd lifted themselves into third place on the back of a 5-0 victory over California Ladies. Michelle Stewart netted twice for Lowick along with Jodine Bolton, Jenny Patterson and Kirstie Tang.
Rothwell Ladies have taken over at the top of the Southern Division for the first time this season after scoring ten without reply away to Kirklees. No less than seven different Rothwell players found the net, Emma Rutherford hitting a hat-trick and Emma Watson a brace, whilst there was one apiece from Nadine Bates, Laura Midgley, Jade Newton, Lauren Nichols and Katie Welham. Third placed Westella & Willerby meanwhile dipped to a 1-0 reverse away to Rovers Foundation Ladies for whom Rachel Mullen was on target. Kerry McLoughlin, Kerry Playte and Chelsey Faulkner scored the goals as Bradford City Res defeated Keighley Oaks 3-1 and Ossett Albion won 2-1 against Wetherby Athletic thanks to Joanna Atkinson and Sophie Langdale.
North West League
Morecambe's winning run was halted as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Crewe Alexandra but they now head the Premier Division table by four points from an inactive Tranmere Rovers and Blackpool, who went second by beating Burnley Girls & Ladies 7-1. Bolton Wanderers are up into fourth, their highest position of the season to date, after their 2-1 victory over City of Manchester and in the other game, Preston North End did their survival hopes a power of good with a 4-0 success away to Wigan Athletic.
The two teams who started the day in the top two positions in Division One North met each other and it was Blackburn Community who emerged as 8-1 winners over Springfields (Preston), a result which leaves them three points ahead of Blackpool Wren Rovers who went second by also winning 8-1 against Leigh RMI. Padiham were another team to score eight times, their victims being Bury Girls & Ladies, while Carlisle Utd are out of the bottom two after picking up a precious point from a 2-2 draw with Stockport County Res.
Chester City are now controlling the Division One South title race after they defeated second placed Manchester University 1-0, taking themselves three points clear with two games in hand. Birkenhead went third with a 4-2 victory away to Warrington Town, who are now at the foot of the table on goals scored following Mossley Hill Res' 5-1 success against Liverpool Feds Res.
South West League
Weymouth moved up into the top three in the Premier Division, thanks to a 3-0 victory over Cleeve West Town in which Jess Turk, Bryony Webb and Rosie Sharp all scored. Downend Flyers meanwhile were grateful to a late equaliser from Nicky Glanville which earned them a 1-1 draw against Cheltenham Town, who had led through a first half strike from Charlie Griffin. Nancy Frostick and Stephanie Isaacson were on the scoresheet as Frome Town won 2-0 away to Plymstock Utd and Stoke Lane Athletic continued their improvement in form by picking up another point from a goalless draw with Bridgwater Town.
The top two stepped up the pace in Eastern Division One with convincing home victories. Leaders Swindon Supermarine defeated Forest of Dean 8-1 thanks to a Mel Bristow hat-trick and other strikes from Alice Smith (2), Sally Butterfield, Beth Thompson and Jodie Reynolds. St Nicholas meanwhile won 10-1 against Cirencester Town, Amy Jefferies and Becky Rexworthy each hitting hat-tricks and Jade Gamlin a brace with Melanie McIlwraith and Abigail Winnett completing the scoring. Elizabeth Nike and an own goal ensured that Keynsham Town Res won 2-0 at Poole Town and Oldland Abbotonians beat Nailsea Utd 2-1 courtesy of Louise Walter and Jess Cole.
Marine Academy Plymouth have gone four points clear in Western Division One after Sam Drewery, Grace O'Leary and Leanne Griffiths gave them a 3-2 win away to Truro City. Falmouth Town defeated Bude Town 5-1 thanks to doubles from Sasha Sparkes and Katy Barker plus an own goal. Kate Bourn (2) and Georgina Reed were on the scoresheet as Callington Town won 3-0 at Charlestown whilst Torpoint Athletic and Launceston finished level at 2-2, Rachel Finch and Kirsty Lambert netting for Torpoint. Dobwalls drew for the seventh time this season, this time against Taunton Town as their match ended goalless.
Southern Region League
Parley Sports moved to within two points of Premier Division leaders Aldershot Town with a 5-2 victory over Mansfield Road. Shanklin follow on after a Susan Cullen brace and two own goals saw them to a 4-0 win against Bracknell Town whilst Southampton Women, who had started the day in second place, went down to a 3-1 defeat at Woodley Utd for whom Laura Woodley, Daisy Clarke and Chakira Graham were on target. Maidenhead Utd halted Basingstoke Town's recent good run by beating them 3-0.
The top of the table clash in Division One ended with honours even as Reading Ladies and Oxford Utd Res battled out a 1-1 draw, Charlotte Comley scoring Oxford's goal. The main beneficiaries were Gosport Borough who went third with a 3-2 success away to Chesham Utd Res. Charlotte Hull netted twice, with Kerrie Lewis and Sarah Harman adding the others as Andover New Street edged out Stony Stratford Town by the odd goal in seven and Tower Hill were 4-1 victors at Banbury Utd.
West Midlands League
Solihull Ladies' domination of the Premier League continues once more and their 3-1 victory away to Cannock means that they now have a lead of twenty points. Second placed B & WM Police were held to a 2-2 draw by Allscott.
Bilbrook stretched their lead at the top of Division One North by running out 8-1 winners over Cottage Farm Rangers. Cresswell Wanderers meanwhile won 3-0 against Port Vale who suffered their tenth straight defeat.
Division One South table toppers Coventry Sphinx went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 2-1 at home by Malvern Town. Their lead has been trimmed to seven points by Coventry Development, who climbed into second place with a 2-1 victory over Marston Green. Worcester Utd lifted themselves up the table by scoring seven without reply against Redditch Utd.
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